Oct. 7, 2012
A pair of scoring bursts in each half propelled third-ranked UCLA to a 4-1 victory over Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. Bruin senior Zakiya Bywaters scored two of UCLA's goals to increase her Pac-12-leading season total to 11 goals.
The Bruins scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game, with Bywaters putting the Bruins on the board at 2:51, launching a left-footed shot into the upper right corner to beat OSU goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme.
Sophomore Sarah Killion added to the lead just three minutes later with a direct free kick over the wall into the upper left corner for her first goal of the season.
Oregon State cut the Bruins' lead in half with just 30 seconds left to play in the half. Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland came off her line to try to stop an on-rushing Megan Miller, who had gotten ahead of the UCLA defense after a pass from Jenna Richardson, and Miller pushed the ball past Rowland into an empty net.
But the Bruins were quick to put the game away in the second half, scoring a pair of goals two-and-a-half minutes apart in the first 15 minutes of the period.
Taylor Smith put UCLA back up by two at 56:33 with her sixth goal of the year. Caprice Dydasco set up the play by sending a long cross to Smith on the left side over the Beaver defenders, and Smith juked a defender in the box before shooting past Proudhomme into the right corner.
Oregon State nearly scored just seconds later after a free kick was launched into the box. Rowland got a hand on it, but it popped out to OSU's Natalie Meiggs, who fired a shot in the box. Killion, however, was there on the line to block the shot before Jenna Richmond was able to clear it out of play.
UCLA's speed and pressure played a big role in its fourth goal of the game in the 60th minute. Pressure from Dydasco in the back forced an Oregon State turnover, and Rosie White capitalized by sending a one-touch pass to a streaking Bywaters just outside the box. Bywater's shot beat Proudhomme into the left corner for the final score.
The Bruins improve to 11-0-2 on the year and 4-0-1 in the Pac-12 and are unbeaten in 21 straight games. Oregon State falls to 9-4-1, 1-3-1 in the conference. UCLA returns to action on Friday, Oct. 12 at Washington.